Make-up: Time well spent

When I was younger, I never really bothered with make-up because I just didn’t know what I needed or what colours suited me, or even how to apply the stuff. It wasn’t until I discovered the power of an eyelash curler that I upgraded my routine from “lipgloss when I remember” to mascara, concealer, powder and lipstick to my everyday look.

This routine has worked for me, for some time now.  It’s quick, comfortable, and failproof. However, as a believer in life-long learning, I kept an open mind when my path crossed with professional make-up artist, Natalie Peachy.

Wondering what an etiquette consultant and a make-up artist could possibly have to discuss? Why, first impressions, of course!

Since my focus is on the importance of etiquette, protocol and professional dress when making a first impression, I was keen to learn her perspective on the role make-up plays.  Let me tell you that it was quite the learning experience!

I teach manners to help people build confidence and present their best self at every opportunity.  Similarly, make-up is about enhancement.  If you look good, you’ll feel good.  It’s a confidence booster. But, you first need to start with the right tools.

When asked, Natalie said you should invest in a blush brush, eye shadow brush, eye shadow blending brush, and an eye liner or eyebrow brush.  (And, no, you can’t keep using the little foam brush that comes with the eye shadow.)

Think you don’t have enough time to invest in your look? Nonsense!  Natalie outlines the following steps that can easily be done in 10 minutes or less:

1.             Clean your face and apply moisturizer.

2.             Apply a tinted moisturizer, liquid, cream or powder foundation.

3.             Apply a concealer 1-2 shades lighter than your skin under the eyes to cover any dark circles or discoloration. If you have oily skin, use an eye shadow brush to dust translucent powder over the concealer to prevent it from creasing.

4.             Use a medium, flat eye shadow brush, to sweep a neutral toned eye shadow (taupe, beige, peach, soft brown) all over your eye lid.

5.             Use a soft, tapered crease brush to apply a slightly darker shadow in the same colour family to the crease in a back and forth window wiper motion.

6.             Apply a brown eyeliner or dark brown eye shadow along the upper lash line to further define the eye.

7.             Apply the shadow along your bottom lash line for soft definition

8.             Finish with a coat of mascara on your top lashes.

9.             Using your fingers, apply a peachy pink cream blush to your cheekbones a little at a time until the desired colour is achieved. Keep blending in a circular motion until you can’t see where the blush begins or ends.

10.        For powder blush, use a large, fluffy blush brush and apply to your cheekbones in a circular motion. Follow the natural curve of your cheekbone and blend into your temples and hairline

11.        Line your lips with a lip liner in the same shade as your lipstick. This will prevent the lipstick from bleeding and help it last longer. Apply a peachy pink lipstick from the tube then pat into lips with your index finger working the lipstick into the lips.

12.        Finish with a coat of sheer lip gloss for a youthful, dewy finish.

And, voilà! You’re all done.

I was skeptical, I but tried these 12 easy steps myself and, was pleasantly surprised. What a difference a little extra know-how makes! This routine is a keeper.

So, what did I learn?  That just when you think you know what you’re doing, along comes an expert in her field to remind you that there’s always room for improvement.

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